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Favourite backers were soon on the front foot at Wadebridge, with the first three jollys obliging – but all at short prices.

The form book will show that Robin De Souza (1-7 to 1-8) beat Rockabay (9’s to 10’s) by a neck in the opener, but Darren Edwards never moved a muscle on the winner and gave his useful mount the easiest possible race. To be fair, the runner-up ran well and this Alflora gelding looks capable of a maiden victory.

Mic’s Delight (5-4 to evens) made all under his owner/trainer/rider in the Novice Riders’ to follow up his December course win. Although now 14 years old, he looked superb, and retains plenty of zest. Skylander (7-2 to 3’s) chased him home with Samingarry (4’s into 7-4) doing good late work to finish third.

I am too slow / old  to rush about now so had to leave the 8-11 Sobre Tresor to the fleet of foot skirmishers. 4-9 ruled at the off in the seven-runner Ladies’ Open. Sobre Tresor duly landed his eighth win on the showground (The fondly remembered Byerley Bear won seven here from seven starts). Follow The Paint (6’s to 11-2) ranged up to the winner at the top of the hill but was shaken off round the final bend.

Two promising types went head to head in the Restricted and each looked fit and well in the paddock. Acadian (4-5 to 10-11) was marginally preferred in the market ahead of  fellow Wadebridge winner in December, Broadclyst who was cut from 5-2 to 6-4. The pair dominated the closing stages with Broadclyst proving the stronger on the climb to the judge. This is a lovely chasing type by Ask and is a must for the note book.

Despite the yard showing good form, first time blinkered Chosen Lucky was ice cold in the betting market and was allowed to drift from 4-5 to 5-4 in a tiny field for the Men’s Open. The eventual winner Supreme Danehill (solid 6-4) is a renowned stayer and plugged on in the gamest fashion under Joe Hill after a slight blemish four from home. Will Biddick’s mount Before The War (3’s into 9-4) was not disgraced in second and will be winning before long. Chosen Lucky (third)  can atone on better ground.

The ex-Dan Skelton hurdler Dragon de la Tour (7-4 fav) was all the rage in the first Maiden and did little wrong in chasing home Ruby Fool (4‘s into 5-2). The Dragon looks nailed on for a Maiden, and the Apple Tree mare Ruby Fool is no longer a bridesmaid. Richard (Ces) Mitford-Slade, who trains the home bred winner, is in such good form he could probably win with a donkey at the moment.

The other Maiden division (slower by 10 seconds) went to My King  (5’s out to 7’s) who came up the final climb better than runner up Fouroclock Fox (evens – 5-4 fav).  Joe Tickle does well with his pointers and had the ex-Nigel Hawke inmate My King looking a picture. Nikki Frost’s charge Gorcombe’s Rascal  (12’s into 5’s in a weak market) was prominent for a long way before finishing third.

There was a whisper for Connies Cross (5-2 to 7-4) in the getting out stakes, but I backed Navanman (4’s to 9-2) on the basis of his two efforts in Opens. The Two Amigos (4-6 to 4-5) proved the punters friend in the end, easily holding Navanman from a long way out.


Report of the North Cornwall meeting

Results of the North Cornwall meeting


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Photographers at the meeting included: Kate Batters, Athwenna Irons, Marcus BathShayoleigh Dabbs and William Devlin.


Sunday 28th January 2018, Tiverton Point-To-Point, Chipley Park, Milverton, Wellington TA21 0QY.  First Race 12 noon


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“He liked the rain-washed Cornish air and smell of ploughed up soil,,,”

From a poem by Sir John Betjeman 1906-1984. This UK Poet Laureate died in the coastal village of Trebetherick, 6 miles from Wadebridge, and is buried in the churchyard there.

The chilly Cornish air on Sunday must have been manufactured in the North Pole.

Darren Edwards reached a personal landmark of 250 career winners in the saddle with a double at the North Cornwall fixture at Wadebridge.

This season had not started well for the reigning Devon & Cornwall area champion jockey with rib injuries sustained at Barbury Castle. However, sitting in the changing room after landing the Confined on The Two Amigos, Edwards said, “that makes 250 winners. I have had 223 point-to-point winners and 27 under rules”.

The popular rider had earlier steered Robin De Souza to a hands and heels victory over Rockabay in the Hunt race. The official neck verdict could have been a lot further as the long odds-on shot was nursed up the hill to the judge with plenty in hand. Dean Summersby, who trains this useful pointer for Eileen and Tony Worth, reported that the eight-year-old seems to have benefited from a recent palate operation. “I just wanted to make him stretch on the bridle”, commented the rider.

Chosen Lucky started favourite for the Summersby/Edwards combination in the Men’s Open, but could only finish third behind all the way winner Supreme Danehill (Joe Hill) and Before The War (Will Biddick). “ It’s his first run of the season and he is nothing but game. It was hard work on this tacky ground,” said the 22-year-old rider of the winner after making their four hour journey from Oxfordshire worthwhile. “He could try to repeat last year’s win in the Lord Ashton of Hyde Cup at Cocklebarrow in three weeks. “We now have him in a new syndicate called The Sunday Night Partnership – so named because we have a hell of a party with Sunday winners,” smiled the young rider.

Course specialists seem very much at home on the undulating Royal Cornwall Showground track. Sobre Tresor (Chloe Emsley) knows every inch of the track and was recording his eighth Wadebridge success in winning the Skinner’s Ladies’ Open from the mare Follow The Paint (Brodie Hampson), who was looking for her fourth course win. “I could see Brodie niggling away at the top of the hill and mine found more and went away,” said the winning rider.

Mic’s Delight gave his owner/trainer/rider Jennifer Davenport a great ride in the Novice Riders’ event. This consistent 14-year-old pointer sailed round in a generous lead to follow up his course success before Christmas. The Modbury based vet who, “does it for fun,” exclaimed that “he jumped amazingly.”

Two promising pointers clashed in the Restricted, each having won their Maidens at the previous Wadebridge fixture. It was Broadclyst who came out on top, drawing effortlessly clear of Acadian on the climb to the judge. Bought as a store by owner Sue Trump, six-year-old Broadclyst is trained by Robert Chanin and was making only his third racecourse appearance. Jockey Tom Chanin was full of praise for his mount saying. “He learnt a lot today. He is a proper chaser and sprinted away up the hill.”

Somerset based mare Ruby Fool had finished runner-up to Broadclyst here last month and duly landed her division of the Open Maiden under 26-year-old Matt Hampton who said. “She is a lovely ride and we found fresh ground on the outer.” Will Biddick’s mount Dragon de la Tour looked a big danger round the final bend, but the mare found extra after jumping the last. Home bred by Lucy Fielding-Johnson, and jointly owned and trained by her partner Richard Mitford-Slade, Ruby Fool is a half sister to their good pointer Raffa. The trainer is enjoying a golden spell at present and produced another home bred in Samuel Jackson to wins at Taunton (100-1) and Bangor recently. “Ruby Fool has been working with Samuel Jackson but needed a head start,” confided the trainer who went on to win with another ex-pointer at Taunton on Tuesday.

My King won the other Maiden for owner Danni Kenealy and trainer Joe Tickle, who had the ex-Nigel Hawke hurdler turned out to perfection for his fencing debut. The six-year-old provided a second career victory for 21-year-old jockey Kieren Buckley who rides out for the Hawke yard. My King was always holding the favourite Fouroclock Fox up the finishing hill although only half a length separated the pair on the line.


Results of the North Cornwall meeting


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Sunday 28th January 2018, Tiverton Point-To-Point, Chipley Park, Milverton, Wellington TA21 0QY.  First Race 12 noon


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* High Priority was backed from 3-1 into 6-4 favourite in the opener but could only finish 4th behind the worthy winner Jepeck, who had drifted from early 6-4 to 5-2. There will be another day for High Priority as he gains experience.

* Market leaders Glacial Oscar (5-2 into 7-4) and Raffa (solid at 3’s) came to the second last clear of their rivals in unison in the Restricted, but Glacial Oscar’s mistake dislodged Robbie Henderson, leaving Raffa clear of his 14 rivals. The pair are worthy of the notebook.

  • Dual course winner Penmore Mill started a shade of odds-on for the Mixed Open, but this consistent hunter-chaser was probably short of peak fitness (connections reported he had not had his usual racecourse gallop). This good looking gelding does not get 3 miles and the Aintree Foxhunter (2m 6f)  is already on his long term agenda. There was money for Brodie Hampson’s mount Gale Force Oscar (8’s to 5’s). He recovered well from a blunder at half way and was doing his best work at the finish. The winner Baresi had some smart form in Ireland and was making his British debut. Although he had won over 3 miles at Cork, his best form is short of that trip. He looks a likely candidate for sub-3 miles hunter chases.
  • The prices were chalked up very late for the first 3 miles maiden. In the few minutes available Way Before Dawn was established as 5-2 favourite (from 3’s). This sturdy type will be better for the race and will be seen to better advantage over a longer trip.
  • Railway Benefit sent Welsh punters home in a happy mood. Obviously too embarrassed to reveal his pedigree in the race card, he is a son of the good sire Beneficial. The faces from the principality waded in from 3’s to 6-4 and he had 10 lengths to spare at the judge.

* The Mythologist justified odds-on favouritism in great style in the Intermediate (4-5 at the off). It would be no surprise if connections tried him in a bumper. There was money for Supreme Danehill (8’s to 6’s) in the same race. This ex-Irish six-year-old is in a good yard and could be worth following.



Going: Good to Soft

Open Maiden 4 & 5 Year Olds only 2m 4f (Sponsor: Dyson, Quaintance & Strange)

1 Jepeck (R Henderson) 5-2 held up, led 2 out, ro well

2 Captain Camelot (J Mathias) 8-1 prom, led apprg 3 out, hdd next, no ex apprg last

3 Loves Blind (W Hickman) 20-1 alwys prom, disp ld 5 out, outpaced 3 out, kept on flat

15 ran; 7l; neck;  5 mins 39 secs

Owner: J Pike; Trainer: Kayley Woollacott


Club Members (Chris Webber Memorial – sponsor Mrs A Webber)

1 Whenharrymetsally (M Hampton) 6-1 good hdwy 4 out, led 3 out, hard pressed but held on well flat

2 Killimore Cottage (T Ellis) 3-1 made most til 3 out, rallied apprg last, just held

3 Mic’s Delight (Miss J Davenport) 25-1 chased ldrs from 14 th, ev chance 3 out, no ex apprg last

11 ran; head; 6l;  6m 13s

Owner: Mr & Mrs A Broggio; Trainer: Keith Cumings


Restricted (Heltor)

1 Raffa (J Mathias) 3-1  handy, cl 2nd 13, disp ld when left clr 2 out, mstk last, kept on flat

2 Bob the Butcher(B Gibbs) 6-1 midfield, hdwy 12th, cl 3rd 15th, left 2nd 2 out, not reach wnr

3 Testoftime (R Hawker) 10-1 sn prom, led 10 th  til 4 out, faded 2 out

15 ran; 3l; 20l;  6m 20s

Owner; L Fielding-Johnson & R Mitford-Slade; Trainer R Mitford Slade


Mixed Open (Strutt & Parker, Exeter)

1 Baresi (R Hawker) 12-1 smooth hdwy 4 out, challd 3 out, led next, dvn out

2 Gale Force Oscar (Miss B Hampson) 5-1 not alwys fluent, tracked ldrs 3 out, stayed on well & closing at finish

3 Penmore Mill (T Ellis) 10-11 fav led 5 out til after 3 out, held from next

9 ran; 1 1/2l; 2l;  6m 22s

Owner: The Dog Foxes Club; Trainer: M Hawker


Open Maiden Div 1 (J Edward Sellars)

1 Icthec (P Mason) 7-1 led after half way, forged clr 3 out, pushed out

2 Kims Quest (D Skelly) 7-1 in touch, chased wnr  from 3 out, kept on

3 Way Before Dawn (Miss L Tickle) 5-2 fav handy, not reach ldrs from 2 out, better for race

12 ran: 4l; 5l;  6m 28s

Owner: M Rice; Trainer P Mason


Open Maiden Div 2 (Silverton Hunt Supporters)

1 Railway Benefit (N Williams) 6-4 fav  tk ld 4 out, stayed on strongly

2 General Girling (P Thomas) 8-1 hdwy 4 out, effort next, went 2nd 2 out, no ch wnr

3 Waitnc (R Henderson) 2-1 good hdwy 4 out, in touch 2 out, no ex, promising

12 ran; 10l; 8l;  6m 27s

Owner: S Whinstance; Trainer G J Moore


Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 The Mythologist (R Henderson) 4-5 fav made all, clr 2 out, easily, impressive

2 Mister Teddy (T Ellis) 11-4 chased wnr, wknd 2 out, better for race

3 Supreme Danehill (D Edwards) 6-1 stayed on steadily clsg stgs, do better

10 ran; 1 3/4l; 6l;  6m 26s

Owner; Mr & Mrs G Henderson; Trainer: G Henderson


The full results including all finishers are available on www.pointtopoint.co.uk

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REPORT: Eggesford Point-To-Point at Upcott Cross, Sunday 13th April 2014

THE going was very testing for the Eggesford meeting at Upcott Cross with race times exceeding seven minutes.

Lucette Annie relished the conditions in winning the four miles Devon National. This game mare was sent zooming clear of her rivals by jockey Darren Edwards on the top bend before staying on to score comfortably from the consistent Bellsinni Ron, with pace setting Double Dizzy a commendable third.

“Lucette Annie won this race two years ago and I have just kept her ticking over since her run in the Cheltenham Foxhunter last month,” reported trainer Simon Partridge, who handles the ten-year-old on behalf of owners Janet and Chris Humphrey. “We may go to the Cheltenham evening meeting or keep her for the Bratton four-miler,” added Simon.

Darren Edwards is enjoying another successful campaign with his winners into double figures, and had earlier scored on Bradley Brook in the Confined. This progressive eight-year-old was following up his recent Kilworthy win in good style, forging clear in the home straight. Trainer Nicola Martin said “Bradley Brook may go for the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Final or the Cheltenham evening meeting. Although we bought him as a three-year-old he was seven before he matured.”

Another candidate for the Exeter Final is Driftashore (Robbie Henderson) who raised a few eyebrows when beating odds-on favourite Pure Oxygen (ran out of oxygen quipped rider Will Biddick). Driftashore sauntered clear down the hill to score by ten lengths in the fastest time of the day. Trained by Sally Randell near Lambourn on behalf of owner Lee Power, Driftashore was making his English pointing debut having scored twice in Ireland earlier this season. “He was bought via our Irish agent Neil O’Donnell. We came here for proper ground but the owner is abroad and he will be distraught at missing it,” laughed Sally, who rode plenty of pointing winners but now confines herself to riding in military races. The impressive seven-year-old would have been ridden by stable jockey Brodie Hampson, but she could only watch on crutches having cracked her knee in a recent fall at Newton Abbot.

My Rebel has always shaped like a stayer and sliced through the field from the top of the hill to take the 14-runner Restricted, just getting the better of Third Chance and Raffa.  The winner’s trainer Becky Kennen, who shares ownership of the Milan seven-year-old with Alison Schwalm, said: “We bought him as an unraced five-year-old from Jim Culloty in Ireland and have had to be very patient with him. He has grown an inch and a half since last winter.”  His win provided a late birthday present for jockey Leanda Tickle who had turned 25 two days before.

Leanda was narrowly denied a double when her mount Pyleigh Princess was pipped on the post by Harry’s Kap (Ed Barrett) in the maiden for eight-year-olds and over. Bought as a three-year-old by owner/trainer Ray Alford, nine-year-old Harry’s Kap was having only his second race. Harry’s Kap – who got his name by virtue of Ray’s father Harry wearing his ever present cap – is by the successful French stallion Kapgarde, and is a full brother to the top class French jumper Lord Prestige.

There seemed a cast of thousands for the Open Maiden for four to seven-year-olds (well 16 actually).  In another close encounter in this event, 33-1 outsider It’s All Or Nothing (Michael Heard) poked his neck out in the last few strides to deny the promising Miss Gotaway. The winner was bought at Ascot sales as a three-year-old by Lamerton publican Rob White and is trained by Charlotte Rowe at Tedburn St Mary.

It was not the best of days for champion jockey Will Biddick, but his sole Hunt race win on Turtle Tim from five rides keeps him four ahead of Robbie Henderson in his bid for a third successive Men’s title. Turtle Tim is trained at Payhembury near Honiton by Sarah Pidsley for her parents Mike and Judith.


A couple of long priced winners and four Will Biddick ridden beaten favourites put a smile on the bookies faces at Upcott CrossBiddick started the afternoon as the punters pal when forcing Turtle Tim home in the opening Hunt race. Backed from 6-4 to evens favourite, Biddick had to pull out all the stops to get the better of the game Clew Bay Cove.It was all downhill from there for the champion jockey as Pure Oxygen (4-7); Bellsinni Ron (4-5); Mister Trebus (2-1) and the newcomer St Denys (6-4 out to 5-2) were all beaten.The Exeter racecourse Intermediate qualifier looked a strong race to me. The impressive winner Driftashore can go straight into the note book. He toyed with the easy Buckfastleigh winner Pure Oxygen with other good winners in his wake. His Irish point to point form as recently as February seemed to be overlooked since he was allowed to start at 5-1.

Despite being a winner four times this season, Welstonedruid proved friendless in the market for the Confined. This useful six-year-old drifted from 5-4 to 2-1 and was eventually pulled up. The six-year-old has been on the go since the opening day of the season and has probably done enough for the moment. Bradley Brook continues on the upgrade and was a comfortable winner who looks Open class.

Notus de la Tour (6’s to 5’s) stayed on well to finish second to Bradley Brook on his pointing debut and will surely do well in points. The ex-French gelding had a BHA rating of 144 at his best when with David Pipe and seems to have retained some ability.

Its all or Nothing provided a 33-1 shock in the 16-runner Maiden which featured some promising types.. It would have taken a crystal ball to find this one on form but the grey won on merit, just denying the promising Miss Gotaway who was nibbled at (6’s and 5’s).

The winner of the David Phillips Bookmaker sponsored final race could not have done David or his colleagues any favours. This was the favourite Harry’s Kap (5-4) who is nine-years-old and had been hiding for most of his life. Pyleigh Princess (6’s to 5’s) ran the winner very close and this well bred mare is a winner in waiting.


Results of the Eggesford meeting


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Saturday 19th April, Dartmoor Point-To-Point, Flete Park, Ermington (near Ivybridge)
Monday 21st April, Four Burrow Point-To-Point, Trebudannon, St Colomb Major (near Newquay)


Going: Good, good to firm in places

Open Maiden 4 & 5-year-olds only 2m 4f (Sponsor: Dyson, Quaintance & Strange)

1 Mr Bingley (Jamie Thomas), evens fav

2 Thetalkinghorse (Matt Hampton), 10-1

3 Driftwood Haze (Evan David), 7-1

7 ran; 3l; neck;  6m 10s

Trainer: Kayley Woollacott

Club Members’ (Best Western Tiverton Hotel)

1 Cock of the Rock (Bradley Gibbs), 7-4 fav

2 Minella Stars (Robbie Henderson), 5-2

3 Working Title (Joe Drinkwater), 9-4

7 ran; 1l; neck;  5m 59s

Trainer: David Brace

Restricted (Heltor)

1 Credit Crunched (Sam Painting), 8-1

2 Iberico (James Ridley), 5-1

3 Crannaghmore Mist (Nick Williams), 2-1 fav

14 ran; 10l; 1/2l;  5m 57s

Trainer: Laura Thomas

Mixed Open (Strutt & Parker)

1 Penmore Mill (Tom Ellis), 4-6 fav

2 Charles Bruce (Freddie Tett), 12-1

3 Bridlingtonbygones  (Miss J Banks), 14-1

6 ran; 15l; 1 1/2l;  6m 0s

Trainer: Fred Hutsby

Open Maiden Div 1 (J Edward Sellars)

1 Burtolli Boy (Tom Ellis), 7-4 fav

2 Icthec (Charlie Hammond), 9-4

3 General Ross (Sam Painting), 13-2

7 ran; 7l; 3l;  6m 2s

Trainer: Fred Hutsby

Open Maiden Div 2 (Old Thatch Inn Cheriton Bishop)

1 Testoftime (Mikey Walton), 11-2

2 Minella Duchess (Jason Cook), 7-4 fav

3 Taoveroe (Miss Sioban Doolan), 13-2

6 ran; 1 1/2l; 1l;  6m 15s

Trainer: Seamus Mackey

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Tachbury (Ed Barrett), 3-1

2 Waddingtown Hero (Miss Brodie Hampson), evens fav

3 Hinchelsea Moor (Luke Kilgarriff), 2-1

6 ran; 6l; 4l;  6m 4s

Trainer: Mrs Julie Williams

Torrington Farmers, Umberleigh Preview

Point-to-Point enthusiasts will head to Umberleigh in North Devon for this weekends grande finale where the Torrington Farmers host Saturdays meeting June 15 being the last in the seasons series, and with showers forecast earlier in the week organisers will be hoping for near perfect conditions and a great party atmosphere.

The main six race card heads the action at 2pm, followed by two pony races after which the area champions are crowned.

First up is the Devonshire Motors of Barnstaple Confined where trainer Kayley Jones has two entries, she is currently lying fourth in the trainer championship, Richard Barber has already secured the top spot. Checkerboard could get her closer and has wins at Wadebridge and Trebudannon, Deb’s Dasher is another possibility from the same yard having beaten Checkerboard once this season.

In the Captain Forster Memorial Restricted Milburn could reproduce his form for trainer Gail Haywood when winning the Open Maiden at Upcott Cross on good to firm a short head in front of the favourite Go On Henry which was a slightly controversial result on the day. Mr Bachster ran well under Leanda Tickle when winning by a head at Bratton Down last weekend and another to consider with strong claims is the Marc Barber-trained Numbercruncher who held on to win at Trecoed under Jack Barber a head in front of Danny Mags on good to soft.

Davisons sponsor the Mens Open in which Nobby Kivambo for trainer Jason Warner has some solid form with wins at Barbury and Andoversford under Mark Wall and only just failed to win at Cold Harbour in May when a short head behind Maletton. The Ollie Greenall-trained Threapwood is on a seasons hat-trick and was not disgraced at Bratton Down when six lengths fourth behind Bellsinni Ron for jockey Sam Allwood. Vertigo Dore is another to consider after his men’s open win on good to firm at Bratton Down earlier this month under 16 year old Kieren Buckley.

The Ladies Open is sponsored by E.J.Snell & Son Ltd in which Nipper John could repeat his win last weekend and turn out for Brodie Hampson to improve her place in the Lady Novice jockey’s title. Knight Blaze for the David Brace team is a Ladies Open winner at Trecoed in May when trouncing the field by 25 lengths under Charlotte Prichard, and Watch The Birdie has quickly progressed to win an Intermediate at Trecoed for trainer Stephen Bevan when beating Respectueux by 12 lengths.

Barum Stud sponsor the Intermediate in which Railway Vic would secure the Ladies Novice title for Bryony Frost the combination having strong claims being on a hat-trick already this season, the Matthew Barber trained and ridden Gallaflynn could take this having made all to win at Howick and Lower Machen. Bathwick Scanno and My Runaway both won last weekend and would be fit.

The final race of the season is the Smallridge sponsored Open Maiden and could be really competitive with 22 entered, a tentative vote goes to the Ollie Greenall-trained Journey Man who has shown ability on good to firm and Just Seven for trainer Roy Smith who has been in the frame on all three of his last outings under jockey Vicki Wade.

Pony racing follows at 5.20pm and these have been sponsored by Hatchmoor Veterinary Practice.

The course is located at Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh on A377, 5m South East of Barnstaple – EX37 9EB.

On course catering, bar, bookies and a host of trade stands. Entrance £20 per car load £10 car and driver.

Modbury Harriers, Flete Park, Saturday 4th May 2013 Report

Bryony Frost took a giant step towards achieving her ambition of capturing the National Novice Riders’ Championship for lady jockeys with her first ever double at Flete Park thanks to Railway Vic and Wee Fly.This double put the Devon youngster on the nine winner mark for the season, giving her a four win cushion over Brodie Hampson for the coveted title.

Once again the lovely Devon venue was blessed with pleasant sunshine and well filled car parks. Bryony initiated her double as Railway Vic followed up his recent course win in the Restricted, just outstaying Alysia’s Flame in a driving finish. Railway Vic, who was winning for the third time this season, is trained by Bryony’s mother Nikki, and is owned by Susan Roe who has been associated with the Frost yard for several years.

Wee Fly is one of the toughest and most consistent mares in the pointing field and duly showed her battling qualities when thwarting John Daniell’s bid for a seasonal treble in the four miles Ladies Open. Bryony Frost was content to bide her time on Wee Fly but Amanda Bush had John Daniell in a slight lead when her mount blundered badly at the final fence, Wee Fly and her determined 18-year-old rider did not need a second invitation and was not for denying once she had her head in front on the run-in.

“Wee Fly came into season yesterday but she has now won this race for the last four years,” said owner/ trainer Ross Oliver. Bryony’s double took her to the nine winner mark for the season, giving her a comfortable lead for the National title.

Ollie Bush had saddled the Ladies’ runner-up John Daniell, and quickly gained consolation as West End justified 2-1 favouritism for her yard in the two and a half miles Maiden. The Westerner gelding was given a perfect hold up ride by Josh Guerriero who picked his way through the field to lead inside the final quarter mile on the good looking six-year-old. “I had a job to pull him up. He likes quick ground but had been running freely in his races,” said the North Devon based jockey whose career is due to take a new shape when he joins rookie trainer Dan Skelton as assistant trainer in the summer.

Eight faced the starter for the three miles Open Maiden, but front running Talland Bay turned the race into a procession from a long way out, eventually scoring by six lengths under Geoff Barfoot-Saunt in a very commendable time. The home bred winner is owned by Marcella Baylis together with her parents Alan and Edna, and is trained by Marcella at St Veep near Lostwithiel. “Talland Bay is a lovely ride but can be a bit quirky. We moved down to Cornwall last winter from the Cotswolds (where she trained plenty of winners in that area). “I led up Earth Summit when he won the Grand National and was given him to hunt when he retired,” she confided.

All three Mens Open runners were in contention approaching the last, but Swansbrook is nothing if not game, and pulled out extra to hold Osric and odds-on Uncle Keef. Sue Popham handles Swansbrook on behalf of joint owners Peter Williams and David Meyrick. The ten-year-old was snapped up by the Pophams at Doncaster sales last May for £3,200 on the recommendation of Brendan Powell. “I think we will have to go back to Doncaster sales next week,” joked the trainer. “I have had six winners from four horses this year and they are all still in training. Swansbrook jumps point-to-point fences particularly well,” added Sue.

Robert Chanin’s Thorverton yard has also been amongst the winners and Molland Gayle became the trainer’s seventh pointing winner of the season to add to Kirkleigh’s two Hunter Chase successes when winning the Confined. Pauillac looked the likely winner at the top of the hill, but the patiently ridden winner took command after jumping the last to win going away. “They went too fast early on and I kept a bit in hand,” reported Leanda Tickle who was deputising for Molland Gayle’s regular rider Ian Chanin. “It is unusual for one of the boys (Ian or Tom) not to ride ours but Leanda did well,” commented Robert Chanin who trains the Dr Massini mare for a local syndicate. At least Ian had the satisfaction of riding a winner on the same day at the Tredegar Farmers meeting in South Wales.